- Elgar original reference
Edited by Markus C. Becker
Chapter 3: Organizational Routines in Political Science
3 Organizational routines in political science Timothy J. McKeown Introduction A student of routines in organizations might easily suppose that this topic is a central concern of political science. Fundamentally, political science is concerned with what governments do, and what they do usually is embodied in the laws or regulations that they adopt. These laws and regulations are typically created by formal organizations: legislatures, administrative agencies, military services, or international organizations. They regulate the conduct of other organizations as well as their own. Treating routines in organizations as formal rules governing a micropolitical system is a simple extension of this perspective. Just as organization theorists long ago realized that many of the rules that matter in organizations are not in the rulebook, political scientists, especially those who study international politics and diplomacy, have recognized that informal norms govern the conduct of governments. They typically view these norms as patterns of behavior that could be described as following a rule, but not necessarily a rule that is visible to participants in the political systems being studied. Stephen Krasner’s (1982) deﬁnition of international regimes as ‘principles, norms, rules and decision-making procedures around which actor expectations converge’ is a well known statement that deliberately ignores the distinction between formal and informal to stress the importance of patterns of behavior based on convergent expectations. Thus, the dual perspectives on the nature of organizational routines that are found in other disciplines are also found in political science. In what follows I ﬁrst discuss how...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.